MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday said gunning for the presidency in the 2022 national elections is far from his mind right now, as his attention is focused on how to efficiently and properly govern the city and control the spread of the new coronavirus among his constituents.
Moreno said that while he is grateful that his name was included in the latest Ulat ng Bayan survey of Pulse Asia where was among the top preferred 2022 presidential candidates, he has no plans of throwing his hat for the presidential race next year.
“Thank you very much na sinasama ninyo ang pangalan ko (that you have included my name in the list), it’s an honor… but let us just go back to reality and the reality here is the pandemic,” Moreno told CNN Philippines in an interview on Sunday.
“Hindi ko talaga siya ine-entertain (I have not entertained the idea). I would rather focus on running the city of Manila and on (stamping out) the pandemic,” he added.
As of Sunday, the Manila City Health Department said the city still has 295 active COVID cases.
Since the start of the pandemic, Manila recorded 24,983 positive cases, with 750 deaths and 23,938 survivors.
Moreno appealed to the other personalities included in the Pulse Asia’s list to continue to focus their efforts on combatting the coronavirus.
“We, those names who were included in that survey should continue to focus on the pandemic. I think the most important thing nowadays is what we are going to do today and what are we going to do in the next first quarter on the incoming vaccine. I think that is what is more important, more than career or political growth,” Moreno said.
In the Pulse Asia survey released last week, Moreno placed fourth among the preferred presidential candidates behind Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, defeated 2016 vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., and Sen. Grace Poe.